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Articles Tagged: Personal Story

A phone call helped inspire Will to seize the high ground

Published: August 1, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

SINCE a life-changing accident five years ago, wheelchair user Will Clark, from Grasmere, has become a charity volunteer, taken up sailing and ski-karting and addressed an international spinal injuries conference. Recently elected as a county councillor, he decided his next challenge would be to conquer Snowdon.

Latrigg, above Keswick, isn’t a particularly high or challenging Lake District fell but it became a symbol of what might be possible for Will Clark. Continue Reading »

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Joni’s Diving Accident

Published: July 30, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Recently I was at my desk writing to Tommy, a 17-year-old boy who just broke his neck body surfing off the Jersey shore. He’s now a quadriplegic. He will live the rest of his life in a wheelchair without use of his hands or legs. When it comes to life-altering injuries, quadriplegia is catastrophic.

Halfway through my letter describing several hurdles Tommy should expect in rehab, I stopped. I felt utterly overwhelmed, thinking of all that lies ahead for him. I’ve been there. And even though half a century has passed, I can still taste the anguish. Hot, silent tears began streaming, and I choked out a prayer, Oh God, how will Tommy do it? How will he ever make it? Have mercy; help him find you!  Continue Reading »

8-year-old boy raises money to buy his bestie a new wheelchair

Published: July 24, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

When Paul Burnett first met Kamden Houshan in kindergarten, the two boys quickly became friends. They bonded over playing superheroes and creating goofy videos. While others often focus on Kamden’s wheelchair and disability, Paul never acted like Kamden was different.

“What really contributes to their friendship is that Paul does not see Kamden as someone who has a disability. He sees him as Kamden. Because of that Kam truly is himself around him,” Yvonne Houshan, Kamden’s mom, told TODAY.

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Injured Olympian defies doctors to walk for his wedding

Published: July 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

On good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker.

It’s an important distance — about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he’s married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn’t predict if he would take more than a few steps — or any at all. Continue Reading »

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck. Continue Reading »

Swimmer determined to help others after injury left him paralyzed

Published: June 23, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,


SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — ABC7 is recognizing a swimmer who is determined to help others after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.

There are those days that will change your life forever. For Theo St. Francis, it was a Saturday, a sunny afternoon in Boston Harbor. It unfolded quickly on August 24th, almost four years ago. Continue Reading »

From father to quadriplegic: How rehab gave me my life back

Published: May 18, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

AFTER the accident the first thing I wanted to do was tell everybody I was going to walk again.

Just days after Christmas in 2014, I fell off the balcony of my Sydney northern beaches home. Our lives turned upside down in an instant.

With my wife Jo by my side, I was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital where it was confirmed that I had suffered a broken neck and crushed spinal cord as a result of the fall.

I suddenly became a C4 incomplete quadriplegic — a condition that left me with limited use of my legs and left arm, and paralysis of my right arm. Continue Reading »

Apple Accessibility — Designed for everyone

Published: May 16, 2017 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Designed for Todd S.

Todd is the CEO of a technology consulting company and a prominent member of the quadriplegic community. With Siri, Switch Control, and the Home app, he can open his front door, adjust the lights in his house, and queue up a party playlist. Continue Reading »

A ‘freak’ accident sidelines lifelong athlete with severe spinal cord injury

Published: May 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Some people have natural athletic abilities, and Quebec-born Erin Saari, is one of them. Continue Reading »

Stunning photographs show an abseiling instructor mother plunging off a cliff in her wheelchair with her eight-year-old son for the first time since becoming a quadriplegic

Published: May 8, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The incredible moment a former abseiling instructor who lost the use of her legs in 2013 after a ‘simple operation on a bulging disc’ was able to dangle off the side of a cliff in her wheelchair has been caught on camera.

Stunning images show Sarah Jane Staszak, 43, with her son Hamish exploring Australia’s scenic Blue Mountains National Park.

The abseiling experience was part of a project by The heART Project which included a full photo shoot highlighting the excitement of the day. Continue Reading »